A carport’s primary purpose is to provide protection for vehicles such as cars, motorbikes and caravans – but they actually have many more uses. They’re ideal for providing shade from the sun on a hot day or shelter from the rain so you can enjoy a barbecue whatever the weather.
What does a carport consist of?
Carports generally boast a roof supported on one side by columns or posts, and the side of the house on the other. They are typically made from uPVC, timber or metal. Powder coasted aluminium is a particularly great choice because it’s very low maintenance. A quick clean with some soapy water every 6 months or so is all you’ll need to keep it in tip-top condition.
Better yet, a well-built carport should complement your home’s appearance and increase its saleability. Of course, most people choose a carport because they want their vehicle to be protected from the elements. Another benefit is the fact your windscreen will be less likely to freeze up on particularly cold nights.
That’s because as the sun shines on the carport’s roof during the day it will retain some heat. This means that however low the air temperature drops the area underneath the carport will always be slightly warmer than the air surrounding it, and in turn keeps your car, and windscreen, slightly warmer than it would be if left entirely exposed to the elements.
Another reason carports help prevent windows and windscreens from freezing is that when a car’s windows reach near or below freezing, they attract moisture from the air which turns into frost. When the vehicle’s sat in a carport however, much of that moisture gets drawn out and forms on the carport roof, instead.
How big does a carport need to be?
A standard carport is three metres wide by five metres long. This will comfortably fit 95 percent of UK cars. If you have the space, larger carports that can hold bigger cars or multiple vehicles are an option.
Do carports need planning permission?
Outbuildings like carports are usually considered to be ‘permitted developments’. If this is the case you won’t need planning permission, however any reputable home improvements company will be able to advise you further. For more information, get in touch with Stormclad, we’ll be happy to help.